Monday, July 2, 7 p.m.— Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage
From blues to Créole – that’s guitarist Pascal Danae’s latest wild project. Before opening for Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, the former member of group Rivière Noire — winners of a Victoire de la Musique in 2015 — takes us on a trio trip through the delta blues, blues-rock and Caribbean laments steeped in the celebratory brass of New Orleans.
Monday, July 2, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
What a terrific example of multiculturalism and creativity. This Montréal-based collective assembled members from around the world to create a unique rap-jazz fusion unique with lyrics in English, French, Créole, Spanish and Arabic. Their latest album, The Big Band Theory, rockets us straight into orbit.
TD Grant Event : Jessie Reyez
Tuesday, July 3, 9 :30 p.m. — TD Stage
Winner of the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year this past March, Toronto singer Jessie Reyez is considered as the R&B Canadian revelation this year. Her debut EP, Kiddo, absolutely detonated on the musical landscape, powered by her extraordinary and tormented vocals, as on singles Figures and Shutter Island, Hard to Love and Gatekeeper.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 p.m. — Monde Stage
Describing their music as “AfroFuturist”, this group plunges us into a musical trance woven by powerful electronica and hypnotic African percussion. A cosmopolitan sound, an intense and indelible musical moment.
Les Royal Pickles
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Club Jazz Casino de Montréal à la place SNC-Lavalin
It’s a trip back to the swing era, recalibrated for the present day and rewired by some madcap modern musicians! In April, this Montréal combo released the album Jouer dans l’trafic, combining songs and instrumentals, in the most celebratory ambience imaginable. Come play in the traffic!
Wednesday, July 4, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. — Rio Tinto Stage
It’s the return of the iconic voice of Bran Van 3000, and the classic single Drinking in L.A. After trading in her singing career for an equally brilliant one as a copyright lawyer, the artist is back in the spotlight with her album Daïva: colorful jazz vocal, where Créole meets English.
Too Many Zooz
Thursay, July 5, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
In 2014, they ignited a major buzz in the New York Subway with their super-volted jazz fusion and wild look. Since then, the trio and their brass house have taken the world by storm, racking up concerts and releasing the dynamic Subway Gawdz, a perfect representation of their crazed style.
Vincent Réhel Trio, Le capitaine ivre
with guests Sonia Johnson and Jacques Kuba Séguin
Monday, July 2, 6 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Talented pianist Vincent Rehel shows off his panache on the recent release Capitaine ivre. Unveiling this self-proclaimed wild electric psycho-acid-jazz-rock opus, the captain of the soirée arrives with a trio — JF Lemieux on bass et Max Sansalone on drums — , accompanied by singer Sonia Johnson and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin.
Monday, July 2, 9 p.m. — Club Soda
With a beautiful number of over fifteen released albums since the 60s, the artist is also recognized for his work with big names such as Eric Clapton or The Beatles. Refusing to categorize his music, this enigmatic Texas-based musician, singer and performer offers a unique style, a subtle mix of folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop and classical music.
Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. — M2
Former member of Eric’s Trip, Julie Doiron has spent almost 30 years playing the world’s stages and racking up fruitful collaborations with artists including the Wooden Stars, Herman Dune, and Rick White. For her grand Festival premiere, the musician will revisit her repertoire.
Wednesday, July 4, 6 p.m. — Gesù
With every successive performance, Jeremy Dutcher moves his audience with the power of his voice and the depth of his artistry. Trained as a tenor, he alternates between power opera, electronica rhythms and traditional Wolastoq melodies directly descended from his ancestors, mixing them with old sonic samples he finds here and there. In his Festival debut, he’ll present songs from his highly anticipated first album. A wonderful discovery!
Wednesday, July 4, 10:30 p.m. — Gesù
A brilliant trumpeter cited by none less than the high priestess of jazz Dee Dee Bridgewater, virtuoso Theo Croker’s audience keeps growing by leaps and bounds. Barely turned 30, this musician dazzles with his insolent nonchalance and capacity for thrillingly varied improvisation. Afrobeat notes colouring his music pay tribute to his African roots as well as the beginnings of jazz.
Thursday, July 5, 10 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
A founding member of energetic American collective West Coast Get Down alongside friend and musical partner Kamasi Washington, pianist Cameron Graves is a rising star of jazz. His debut album, Planetary Prince (2017), was a critical smash, with a highly innovative style crossing jazz, classical, rock, funk and hip-hop.
Every day at 5 p.m., an extraordinary parade winds its musical way through the Festival site, blasting out crazy hip-hop covers: the Urban Science Brass Band jazz parade show. Taking it to the street!
TD BLUES CAMP: GRADUATES CONCERT
Each year, the Festival invites 50 teens to participate in an incredible musical camp entirely devoted to the blues, and absolutely free: the Blues Camp presented by TD! For an entire week, June 30 to July 6, young musicians aged 13 to 17 are surrounded by renowned professionals from the music world, refining their musical knowledge and them putting on a major show.
THE FAMILY AT THE FESTIVAL WITH RIO TINTO
The Festival is also for children! Every day of the event, you’ll find everything for the family, everywhere on the site.
La Petite école du jazz presented by Rio Tinto —For 29 years now, they’ve extended the invitation, and the kids are as mad for it as ever! A dynamic, interactive musical initiation packed with smiles and fun, accompanied by the Festival’s famed big blue feline mascot Ste-Cat, Les Zélèves, the vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, alongside James Gelfand and his quartet. Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins, every day from June 28 to July 7, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
In the Parc musical Rio Tinto, there’s an an array of interactive activities conceived around the theme of music, in a space specially adapted for the needs of families! The games employ technology in playful musical installations that are both whimsical and fantastic.
Club famille Rio Tinto hosts entertainment and activities for children every day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Educazoo, workshops for creating and handling marionettes, key rings and badges, introduction to the circus arts, a quiz-show, quiz Quel cinéma ! and Musée d’art contemporain workshops.
Free services offered by Rio Tinto: changing tables, a stroller loan service, as well as new children’s bracelets designed to record their parents’ contact information.
CLUB JAZZ CASINO DE MONTRÉAL
Radio-Canada invites you to come and share your passion for jazz with its special on-site programming aboard its mobile studio, broadcasting live from July 2, when the program Le 15-18 on ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE gets the party started followed by four special evenings with Stanley Péan: Rencontres en paroles et en musique with Michel Donato en formation trio on July 3 at 5:30 p.m., a conference about the history of jazz accompanied by a group of musicians on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the show QUAND LE JAZZ EST LÀ sur ICI MUSIQUE on July 5 and 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A thrilling occasion to move together on the rhythm of jazz.
J’AIME LE FESTIVAL CONTEST
1st prize: Lease of a new location Hyundai Kona 1.6T Trend 2018 with an approximate value of $14,000. Offered by Hyundai.
2nd prize: A 13-inch aluminum MacBook Pro 13 with a value of $3,170. Offered by Rio Tinto.
3rd prize: A JURA E6 coffee machine, with a value of $2,300. Offered by JURA.
4th prize: A package for 10 people to restaurant Le Montréal du Casino de Montréal, with a value of $1,000. Offered by Casino de Montréal.
5th prize: A SAQ gift card, with a value of $500. Offered by SAQ.
6th prize: A 6-course package aboard the Bateau-Mouche, including the 3½ hour cruise, a 6-course menu, entertainment, a concert, sound and light show and service fees, with a value of $290. Offered by Bateau-Mouche.
Information and registration: montrealjazzfest.com/contest.
The Festival offers you the Jazz Montréal mobile app, allowing fans to experience the festival anytime, anywhere on an iPhone or Android, all at your fingertips!
Download from the App Store (logo) https://itunes.apple.com/app/id374244254
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ACCESS TO THE SITE
Located in the Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montréal, the site of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is bordered by Saint Laurent Blvd., Président-Kennedy Avenue, Ste. Catherine St. and De Bleury St. Right in the middle of the festivities, le Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.
As some streets are closed to traffic and parking in the area is limited, we suggest that you access the Festival site on foot, by taxi or using public transit.
Getting around on the site
The Place des Festivals is home to the Festival’s main stage, at the north end of the square, dos on De Maisonneuve Blvd. A second major stage is located on Ste. Catherine St., corner of Jeanne-Mance. To get around easily, the public can always use the security corridors at any time, providing access to Métro Place-des-Arts station as well as Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets. Pedestrians cannot linger or stand in these circulation zones.
PRESS EVENTS COMING SOON
Conference-interview and Ella-Fitzgerald Award with Ben Harper, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Tuesday, July 3, 3 p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder de la Maison du Festival
Ella-Fitzgerald Award presented on stage to Ben Harper
Tuesday, July 3, 7 :30 p.m.
TD Grand Prize Award presented on stage to SHPIK
Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m.
TD Grand Event with Jessie Reyez
Tuesday, July 3, 9 :30 p.m.
Antonio Carlos Jobim Award on stage to Zakir Hussain
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Oscar Peterson Award on stage to Renee Rosnes
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m.
THE PRESS ROOM: THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL
Located in the Maison du Festival, on the 2nd floor at 305 Ste. Catherine St. W., the Festival press room opens it doors from noon to 6 p.m. on June 27, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 28 to July 7. This is the meeting place for artists, agents, representatives of record companies and the media. The entire communications team is happy to welcome you! Accredited media representatives are kindly requested to note that the press room can be reached by dialing 514 288-5299.
SOURCE:Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (514) 288-5299
Greg Kitzler director, Press relations and social media — 514 288-5299, ext. 3907;
Éliane Lévesque, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3908 ;
Élise Casavant, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3909;
Alain Des Ruisseaux, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3911;
Isabelle Lavigne, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3913;
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